Oliver Knussen was born on the 12 June 1952 in Glasgow.
He is known as a composer and conductor. He conducted his own First Symphony with the LSO when he was only 16.
He studied composition in Massachusetts, USA, but now lives in Suffolk, England.
He is in international demand both as conductor and composer, but still finds time to make occasional visits to Scotland. In 2008 he conducted the SCO in Scriabin, Janacek and Stravinsky at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, and in 2009 he conducted them again in Maxwell Davies 4th Symphony, his own miniatures and finally in Mahler’s Ruckert songs at Glasgow’s City Halls.
Knussen is a long-time faculty member at Tanglewood, Massachusetts and featured in the 2010 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music in August.